Ashish Lata Ramgobin, daughter of social activist Ela Gandhi and great-granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, has been sentenced to seven years in Jail in a 6 million rand fraud and forgery case by a Durban court in .
In 2015, she had showed forged documents related to import and custom duties for a non-existent consignment from India to businessman SR Maharaj and took money from him.
Lata also promised to share profits with him. Coming to know about the fraud, Maharaj had registered a complaint against her.
Ramgobin was founder and executive director of the Participative Development Initiative at the NGO International Centre for Non-Violence, where she described herself as “an activist with focus on environmental, societal and political interests.”
A number of other descendants of Mahatma Gandhi are human rights activists and among them are Lata Ramgobin’s cousins Kirti Menon, the late Satish Dhupelia, and Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie.